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I was being snarky when I posted this photo earlier in another thread, a photo of which I am somewhat proud by the way, but I have the impression that the Tigers are not all that good at drafting players who actually become stars and make major contributions. Verlander being an obvious exception and Granderson to a lesser extent. Of course I have nothing to back up this impression aside from disappointment and, perhaps, expectations that are higher than reasonable. I guess it depends on how you define "success" too (players you trade off to get someone better vs. players you keep). Anyway, "bonafide stars" is my baseline (yet another definition to quibble about). Is there any data on this that might allow us to make a more definitive determination on this issue?

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Under Jim Campbell they were cheap and only drafted well when the Major League club struggled , they have been spotty , seems the only surprise prospect was Zumaya , since the Commish changes the cap rules , the Tigers lost their mojo as far as signing major prospects ! It's been truly frustrating to follow over the years !

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I would agree that on the surface it doesn't look like the Tigers have drafted that many "stars", but I don't think a team's draft strategy is just about finding stars. A lot of things factor in, including cash & where your organizational talent lies. An MLB farm system isn't just about developing players, it's about using that talent to acquire others that can fill in the gaps in your Major League roster. The Tigers' haven't drafted a lot of the "stars" on their teams, but they've had other players that they did draft & then trade away, who've made contributions on other clubs.

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I would agree that on the surface it doesn't look like the Tigers have drafted that many "stars", but I don't think a team's draft strategy is just about finding stars. A lot of things factor in, including cash & where your organizational talent lies. An MLB farm system isn't just about developing players, it's about using that talent to acquire others that can fill in the gaps in your Major League roster. The Tigers' haven't drafted a lot of the "stars" on their teams, but they've had other players that they did draft & then trade away, who've made contributions on other clubs.
I assume that teams fill out weak spots with strategic picks in later rounds but I can't see that being operative in the top few picks. It's a crap shoot. Everyone is high on all sorts of players who never pan out. I'm just wondering if the Tigers are better or worse at bucking the mean of making less than stellar high round picks. Rick and Smily, yeah, though they are not King Felix or JV in his prime. But maybe ethereal star talent is so rare no one does it well, although a roster of former Mariner players would be pretty impressive in ways that ours seem not to be. Maybe I am just expecting more than reality can deliver.
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Joyce seems like a guy the Tigers might try to re-acquire either prior to this season or at the trade deadline as part of a platoon in a corner OF spot with Davis. Joyce is a FA next off season and the Rays have several OF options besides him and he'll make close to $5 million this year.

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When you look at their International signings , it's underwhelming too , who's the best player to be turned out ?...Cordero , Lima , Lira , Encarnacion , Infante ...seems most have been so marginal ! I believe most of the success was when Ramon Pena ran the International operations , I hope I'm just feeling negative about all this and completely wrong !

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But do you give the organization credit for a guy like Cabrera or do you give the people? Wasn't it Avila and Dombrowski that found him?

That's the other trouble with trying to evaluate organizations. People change positions and move around.

The Tigers seemed to be pretty good in the 70s in drafting. I wonder if they were the best? Does the credit for that go to LaJoie?

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I think the Tigers have done pretty well with their first pick, at least, since JV in 04.

04 - Verlander

05 - Maybin

06 - Miller

07 - Porcello

08 - Perry

09 - Turner

10 - Castellanos

11 - McCann

12 - Thompson

13 - Crawford

14 - Hill

The only bust is Perry. Maybin and Miller both looked like can't miss guys, both have had some success, and were obviously put to great use in the Cabrera deal. Porcello is a win. Turner hasn't turned out great, but netted us Anibal. Castellanos looks good, certainly a win even if he doesn't become a star. McCann looks really good for a 2nd rounder. Thompson has done well at every level and looks like a player we will miss. Jury still out on Crawford and Hill, but they are both legit prospects.

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What i don't like about the Tigers drafts is the tend to go for lower ceiling, quicker ROI guys. Part of their win now strategy.

- they prefer college over high school guys

- they prefer skill guys (glove, bat to ball) over tools guys(power, speed)

- they prefer pitching over hitting

- they prefer skill players especially when drafting up the middle players

- internationally they spread bonus money around instead of signing a fewer number of higher rated guys

- and of course they grade college relief pitchers higher than most other teams

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What i don't like about the Tigers drafts is the tend to go for lower ceiling, quicker ROI guys. Part of their win now strategy.

- they prefer college over high school guys

- they prefer skill guys (glove, bat to ball) over tools guys(power, speed)

- they prefer pitching over hitting

- they prefer skill players especially when drafting up the middle players

- internationally they spread bonus money around instead of signing a fewer number of higher rated guys

- and of course they grade college relief pitchers higher than most other teams

I'd have to agree with #2 though. Good young hitters get stronger, strong bad hitters ususally just get worse as they face better pitching.

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I'd have to agree with #2 though. Good young hitters get stronger, strong bad hitters ususally just get worse as they face better pitching.

That is fine it just means that you draft guys like Danny Worth, Chris Robinson, and James McCann high in the draft rather than find the occasional 2nd rounder like Freddie Freeman or Giancarlo Stanton. You'll probably wind up with more major leaguers, your just less likely to find an impact guy.

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Warning, long post.

There are a lot of different ways to look at draft success. Looking for just superstars, as IdahoBert suggested, is definitely one way to go about it, because you tend to win with stars. But the nature of the draft means stars usually go very early, and when a team like the Nationals basically sucks its way to Strasburg and Harper, do you give them credit for drafting well? And what about players like Luke Hochevar, who was taken 1-1 in 2006 and was a failed starter before becoming a good reliever. Is that a good pick when guys like Longoria, Kershaw, Lincecum, and Scherzer were drafted after him?

Anyway, I've always had the impression that the Tigers have drafted pretty poorly in the Dombrowski era, while teams like the Giants and Cardinals have done very well. Fortunately, Baseball Reference has a fantastic draft database to let us fairly easily compare. For the purposes of this exercise, I'm going to look at 2002-2010. Dombrowski joined the Tigers in 2002, and 2010 seems like a reasonable cutoff, because a lot of prospects drafted in 2011 or after may have just started playing in the Bigs. I'm going to count the number of drafted and signed players who have accumulated more than than 1.0 bWAR, and the number who have accumulated more than 10.0 bWAR, list the top 5 bWAR producers, and mention some promising young players who may join the list. I'd love to compare players to people taken later in the draft, but that would be an even more epic process.

So here we go, beginning with the hometown team:

Tigers

440 total players drafted

15 players with 1.0 WAR

5 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2005

Worst Draft - 2003

Top 5

[table=width: 300, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Verlander[/td][td]2004[/td][td]41.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Granderson[/td][td]2005[/td][td]36.5[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Alex Avila[/td][td]2008[/td][td]11.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Rick Porcello[/td][td]2007[/td][td]10.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Matt Joyce[/td][td]2005[/td][td]10.6[/td][/tr]

[/table]

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Nick Castellanos, Bryan Holaday, Kyle Ryan, James McCann, Tyler Collins, Corey Knebel, Buck Farmer

And now to compare to other teams:

Angels

456 total players drafted

16 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2009

Worst Draft - 2007

Top 5

[table=width: 300, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jered Weaver[/td][td]2004[/td][td]36.5[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Mike Trout[/td][td]2009[/td][td]28.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Howie Kendrick[/td][td]2002[/td][td]27.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Peter Bourjos[/td][td]2005[/td][td]9.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Joe Saunders[/td][td]2005[/td][td]8.8[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Randal Grichuk, Tyler Skaggs, Kaleb Cowart, Cam Bedrosian, C.J. Cron, Mike Morin

Astros

433 total players drafted

10 players with 1.0 WAR

1 player with 10 WAR

Best Draft - 2004

Worst Draft - pick 'em, but I'd go with 2007

Top 6

[table=width: 300, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Ben Zobrist[/td][td]2004[/td][td]36.5[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Hunter Pence[/td][td]2004[/td][td]26.7[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jason Castro[/td][td]2008[/td][td]7.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Bud Norris[/td][td]2006[/td][td]5.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Dallas Keuchel[/td][td]2009[/td][td]4.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]J.D. Martinez[/td][td]2009[/td][td]3.0[/td][/tr]

[/table]

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Chris Johnson, J.B. Shuck, Mike Foltynewicz, George Springer (already has), Carlos Correa, Mark Appel

Athletics

419 total players drafted

19 players with 1.0 WAR

5 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2002 or 2004

Worst Draft - 2009

Top 5

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[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Nick Swisher[/td][td]2002[/td][td]23.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Andre Ethier[/td][td]2003[/td][td]19.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Kurt Suzuki[/td][td]2004[/td][td]14.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Huston Street[/td][td]2004[/td][td]14.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Cliff Pennington[/td][td]2005[/td][td]10.1[/td][/tr]

[/table]

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Dan Straily, Max Stassi, Michael Choice, Sonny Gray (already has), Blake Treinen (already has), Addison Russell, Billy McKinney

Blue Jays

436 total players drafted

21 players with 1.0 WAR

2 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2003 or 2009

Worst Draft - 2006

Top 5

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[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Aaron Hill[/td][td]2003[/td][td]23.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Shawn Marcum[/td][td]2003[/td][td]13.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Ricky Romero[/td][td]2005[/td][td]9.7[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Adam Lind[/td][td]2004[/td][td]8.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Yan Gomes[/td][td]2009[/td][td]8.2[/td][/tr]

[/table]

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Daniel Webb, Sean Nolin, Sam Dyson, Dalton Pompey, Noah Syndergaard, Daniel Norris, Kevin Pillar, Anthony DeSclafani, Marcus Stroman (already has), Kendall Graveman

Braves

463 total players drafted

21 players with 1.0 WAR

7 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2007

Worst Draft - 2004

Top 5

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[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Brian McCann[/td][td]2002[/td][td]25.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jason Heyward[/td][td]2007[/td][td]24.5[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Yunel Escobar[/td][td]2004[/td][td]23.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Andrelton Simmons[/td][td]2010[/td][td]13.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Craig Kimbrel[/td][td]2008[/td][td]12.3[/td][/tr]

[/table]

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Corey Rasmus, Jeff Locke, Chasen Shreve, Nick Ahmed, Tommy La Stella, Alex Wood (already has), Shae Simmons

Brewers

444 total players drafted

19 players with 1.0 WAR

8 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2005

Worst Draft - 2006

Top 5

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[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Ryan Braun[/td][td]2005[/td][td]36.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Prince Fielder[/td][td]2002[/td][td]23.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Yovani Gallardo[/td][td]2004[/td][td]18.7[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jonathan Lucroy[/td][td]2007[/td][td]15.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Michael Brantley[/td][td]2005[/td][td]13.2[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Jeremy Jeffress, Caleb Gindl, Jimmy Nelson

Cardinals

451 total players drafted

19 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2006

Worst Draft - 2004

Top 5

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[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Brendan Ryan[/td][td]2003[/td][td]15.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Colby Rasmus[/td][td]2005[/td][td]13.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jon Jay[/td][td]2006[/td][td]11.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Matt Carpenter[/td][td]2009[/td][td]9.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Daric Barton[/td][td]2005[/td][td]9.1[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Sam Freeman, Kevin Siegrist, Kolton Wong (already has), Seth Maness (already has), Michael Wacha (already has), Stephen Piscotty, Marco Gonzalez, Rob Kaminsky

Cubs

453 total players drafted

17 players with 1.0 WAR

1 player with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2007

Worst Draft – 2005 or 2010

Top 6

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Josh Donaldson[/td][td]2007[/td][td]16.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Sean Marshall[/td][td]2003[/td][td]9.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Darwin Barney[/td][td]2007[/td][td]7.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Randy Wells[/td][td]2002[/td][td]7.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Josh Harrison[/td][td]2008[/td][td]7.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jeff Samardzija[/td][td]2006[/td][td]7.1[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant

Rays

453 total players drafted

17 players with 1.0 WAR

4 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2006

Worst Draft – 2009

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Evan Longoria[/td][td]2006[/td][td]39.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]David Price[/td][td]2007[/td][td]23.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]B.J. Upton[/td][td]2002[/td][td]13.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Desmond Jennings[/td][td]2006[/td][td]11.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Alex Cobb[/td][td]2006[/td][td]9.3[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Tim Beckham, Kyle Lobstein, Derek Dietrich

Diamondbacks

463 total players drafted

22 players with 1.0 WAR

5 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2009

Worst Draft – 2002

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Max Scherzer[/td][td]2006[/td][td]24.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Justin Upton[/td][td]2005[/td][td]20.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Stephen Drew[/td][td]2004[/td][td]15.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Paul Goldschmidt[/td][td]2009[/td][td]15.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Carlos Quentin[/td][td]2003[/td][td]10.5[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Matt Davidson, Chase Anderson, Zach Walters, Trevor Bauer, Andrew Chafin, Evan Marshall

Dodgers

441 total players drafted

22 players with 1.0 WAR

5 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2002

Worst Draft – 2009

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Clayton Kershaw[/td][td]2006[/td][td]41.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Russell Martin[/td][td]2002[/td][td]30.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Matt Kemp[/td][td]2003[/td][td]21.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Chad Billingsley[/td][td]2003[/td][td]17.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]James Loney[/td][td]2002[/td][td]12.7[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Chris Withrow, Joc Pederson, Zach Lee, Paco Rodriguez (already has), Corey Seager

Giants

450 total players drafted

18 players with 1.0 WAR

4 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2008

Worst Draft – 2004

Top 5

[table=width: 340, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Matt Cain[/td][td]2002[/td][td]32.7[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Buster Posey[/td][td]2008[/td][td]23.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Tim Lincecum[/td][td]2006[/td][td]22.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Madison Bumgarner[/td][td]2007[/td][td]17.[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Brandon Belt[/td][td]2009[/td][td]8.8[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Gary Brown, Heath Hembree, Joe Panik (already has), Andrew Susac (already has), Kyle Crick

Indians

461 total players drafted

19 players with 1.0 WAR

2 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2008

Worst Draft – 2007

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jeremy Guthrie[/td][td]2002[/td][td]20.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jason Kipnis[/td][td]2009[/td][td]11.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Chris Archer[/td][td]2006[/td][td]4.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Vinny Pestano[/td][td]2006[/td][td]4.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Lonnie Chisenhall[/td][td]2008[/td][td]4.1[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Cody Allen (already has), T.J. McFarland, Tyler Holt, Francisco Lindor, Kyle Crockett (already has)

Mariners

449 total players drafted

12 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2006

Worst Draft – 2007 or 2008

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Adam Jones[/td][td]2003[/td][td]23.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Doug Fister[/td][td]2006[/td][td]19.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Kyle Seager[/td][td]2009[/td][td]13.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Dustin Ackley[/td][td]2009[/td][td]8.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Chris Tillman[/td][td]2006[/td][td]8.6[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Shawn Kelley, Brad Miller (already has), Carson Smith, Mike Zunino, Chris Taylor (already has), Dominic Leone (already has)

Marlins

457 total players drafted

15 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2002

Worst Draft – 2003 or 2006

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Josh Johnson[/td][td]2002[/td][td]23.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Giancarlo Stanton[/td][td]2007[/td][td]21.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jason Vargas[/td][td]2004[/td][td]11.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Steve Cishek[/td][td]2004[/td][td]5.5[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Christian Yelich[/td][td]2010[/td][td]4.9[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Matt Dominguez, Brad Hand, Rob Rasmussen, J.T. Realmuto, Jose Fernandez (already has), Andrew Heaney

Mets

457 total players drafted

18 players with 1.0 WAR

2 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2006

Worst Draft – 2009

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Scott Kazmir[/td][td]2002[/td][td]19.5[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Daniel Murphy[/td][td]2006[/td][td]10.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Joe Smith[/td][td]2006[/td][td]9.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jon Niese[/td][td]2005[/td][td]7.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Matt Harvey[/td][td]2010[/td][td]6.9[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Matt den Dekker, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki

Nationals

454 total players drafted

17 players with 1.0 WAR

4 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2005

Worst Draft – 2006

Top 5

[table=width: 340, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Ryan Zimmerman[/td][td]2005[/td][td]34.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jordan Zimmermann[/td][td]2007[/td][td]17.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Ian Desmond[/td][td]2004[/td][td]13.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Stephen Strasburg[/td][td]2009[/td][td]12.7[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Bryce Harper[/td][td]2010[/td][td]9.6[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Brad Peacock, Jake Smolinski, Steven Souza, Adrian Nieto, Michael Taylor, Robbie Ray (let’s hope), A.J. Cole, Aaron Barrett, Anthony Rendon (already has), Lucas Giolito

Orioles

448 total players drafted

12 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft - 2007

Worst Draft – 2009

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Nick Markakis[/td][td]2003[/td][td]25.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Matt Wieters[/td][td]2007[/td][td]13.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Manny Machado[/td][td]2010[/td][td]10.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jake Arrieta[/td][td]2007[/td][td]6.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Zach Britton[/td][td]2006[/td][td]3.4[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Hunter Harvey

Padres

436 total players drafted

19 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2005 or 2006

Worst Draft – 2009

Top 6

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Chase Headley[/td][td]2005[/td][td]21.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Mat Latos[/td][td]2006[/td][td]13.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Will Venable[/td][td]2005[/td][td]12.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]David Freese[/td][td]2006[/td][td]9.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Khalil Greene[/td][td]2002[/td][td]8.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Corey Kluber[/td][td]2007[/td][td]8.2[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Cesar Ramos, Dylan Axelrod, Brad Brach, Cory Spangenberg, Joe Ross, Kevin Quackenbush (already has), Austin Hedges, Max Fried

Phillies

450 total players drafted

14 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2003

Worst Draft – 2005

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Cole Hamels[/td][td]2002[/td][td]41.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Michael Bourn[/td][td]2003[/td][td]22.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Brad Ziegler[/td][td]2003[/td][td]10.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Kyle Kendrick[/td][td]2003[/td][td]6.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]J.A. Happ[/td][td]2004[/td][td]6.0[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Domonic Brown, Travis d’Arnaud, Trevor May, Jon Singleton, Josh Zeid (fingers crossed), Darin Ruf, Cameron Rupp, Jessie Biddle, Ken Giles (already has), Cody Asche

Pirates

444 total players drafted

16 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2005

Worst Draft – 2007

Top 5

[table=width: 340, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Andrew McCutchen[/td][td]2005[/td][td]33.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Neil Walker[/td][td]2004[/td][td]14.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Paul Maholm[/td][td]2003[/td][td]12.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Nyjer Morgan[/td][td]2002[/td][td]7.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Tom Gorzelanny[/td][td]2003[/td][td]7.1[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Tony Sanchez, Vic Black, Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, Gerrit Cole (already has), Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow

Rangers

448 total players drafted

18 players with 1.0 WAR

2 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2003

Worst Draft – 2004

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Ian Kinsler[/td][td]2003[/td][td]40.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]John Danks[/td][td]2003[/td][td]21.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Criag Gentry[/td][td]2006[/td][td]9.5[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Chris Davis[/td][td]2006[/td][td]9.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Derek Holland[/td][td]2006[/td][td]9.0[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Jesse Chavez, Robbie Erlin, Nick Tepesch, Kyle Hendricks (already has), Joey Gallo, Alex Gonzalez

Red Sox

458 total players drafted

16 players with 1.0 WAR

7 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2005

Worst Draft – 2009

Top 5

[table=width: 340, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Dustin Pedroia[/td][td]2004[/td][td]43.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jon Lester[/td][td]2002[/td][td]32.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jacoby Ellsbury[/td][td]2005[/td][td]24.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jonathan Papelbon[/td][td]2003[/td][td]22.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Clay Buchholz[/td][td]2005[/td][td]13.0[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Will Middlebrooks, Hunter Strickland, Ryan Pressly, Stephen Fife, Alex Wilson, Reymond Fuentes, Bryce Brentz, Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman, Mookie Betts (already has), Jackie Bradley, Matt Barnes, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens

Reds

454 total players drafted

20 players with 1.0 WAR

4 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2002

Worst Draft – 2003

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Joey Votto[/td][td]2002[/td][td]35.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jay Bruce[/td][td]2005[/td][td]14.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Todd Frazier[/td][td]2007[/td][td]10.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Chris Denorfia[/td][td]2002[/td][td]10.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Mike Leake[/td][td]2009[/td][td]9.6[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Tucker Barnhart, Robert Stephenson, Tony Cingrani (already has), Jesse Winker

Rockies

456 total players drafted

17 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2004

Worst Draft – 2007

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Troy Tulowitzki[/td][td]2005[/td][td]37.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Chris Iannetta[/td][td]2004[/td][td]13.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Dexter Fowler[/td][td]2004[/td][td]11.4[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Seth Smith[/td][td]2004[/td][td]9.5[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jeff Francis[/td][td]2002[/td][td]9.7[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Ben Paulsen, Kyle Parker, Trevor Story, Eddie Butler, David Dahl, Jon Gray

Royals

454 total players drafted

17 players with 1.0 WAR

3 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2007

Worst Draft – 2010

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Zack Greinke[/td][td]2002[/td][td]42.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Alex Gordon[/td][td]2005[/td][td]28.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Billy Butler[/td][td]2004[/td][td]13.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Greg Holland[/td][td]2007[/td][td]9.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Mike Aviles[/td][td]2003[/td][td]8.7[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Wil Myers, Christian Colon, Kevin Chapman, Kyle Zimmer, Hunter Dozier, Sen Manaea, Brandon Finnegan

Twins

462 total players drafted

15 players with 1.0 WAR

4 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2002

Worst Draft – 2006 or 2008

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Denard Span[/td][td]2002[/td][td]23.0[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Scott Baker[/td][td]2003[/td][td]15.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Matt Garza[/td][td]2005[/td][td]15.2[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Jesse Crain[/td][td]2002[/td][td]11.8[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Brian Dozier[/td][td]2009[/td][td]9.6[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Steven Tolleson, Aaron Hicks, Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, J.O. Berrios, Kohl Stewart

White Sox

450 total players drafted

14 players with 1.0 WAR

2 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2010

Worst Draft – 2009

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Chris Sale[/td][td]2010[/td][td]23.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Gio Gonzalez[/td][td]2004[/td][td]16.5[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Brandon McCarthy[/td][td]2002[/td][td]9.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Ryan Sweeney[/td][td]2003[/td][td]6.6[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Gordon Beckham[/td][td]2008[/td][td]6.2[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

Clayton Richard, Addison Reed, Erik Johnson, Chris Bassitt, Micah Johnson, Carlos Rodon

Yankees

450 total players drafted

14 players with 1.0 WAR

6 players with 10.0 WAR

Best Draft – 2005

Worst Draft – 2007

Top 5

[table=width: 320, class: grid, align: left]

[tr]

[td]Player[/td][td]Draft Year[/td][td]Total WAR[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Brett Gardner[/td][td]2005[/td][td]23.1[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Austin Jackson[/td][td]2005[/td][td]20.3[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Ian Kennedy[/td][td]2006[/td][td]10.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]David Robertson[/td][td]2006[/td][td]10.9[/td][/tr]

[tr] [td]Phil Hughes[/td][td]2004[/td][td]10.5[/td][/tr]

[/table]

Chance to Join

J.R. Murphy, Shane Greene, Bryan Mitchell, Preston Claiborne, Mason Williams, Rob Refsnyder, Aaron Judge, Ian Clarkin

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